The 1966 Shelby/AC 427 Cobra
The finished product (Finally!)
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My Cobra Replica is made by Antique and
Collectible in Buffalo, NY.
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This is Tom Raddin, who has been invaluable in
me with my build, welding the brackets on my side pipes at his machine shop
Machine Service Co. in Ledgewood, NJ (973) 927-0303.
20 July 02 Update
Took the car up to Pocono Raceway and ran the
North Course with PDA.
Had a great time and learned quite a bit about driving.
15 June 2001 Update
Well I finally got it on the road. Will update shortly. No time to update now, I'm driving it!!! WOW!
Still have lots of work to do.
25 April 2001 Update
I've been busy throughout this year. Finally warming up so I can work outside. I don't know where to start. Last report was I picked up the body and was working on mounting it. Well the body is mounted and it looks just great. The gel coat is superb and I'll probably run it a year or two while I save for a good paint job.
Pedal set is from Tilton Racing
| I picked up the oil cooler and shroud from Enzo at Finish
I also installed an oil thermostat and check valve from Canton Racing
(2 Commerce Dr. N. Brandford, CT 06471 Phone: 203-484-4900).
I finally got my Oil Cooler and Shroud in and fully plumbed. I have an
Accusump from Pegasus.
I use as a pre-oiler, an oil thermostat and remote dual filters. Plus I had to install a check valve so
when I open the pre-oiler it doesn't run into the cooler or filters.
Here's what I did :
I have the Canton billet block off on the engine. I ran the line from the
engine to the filters then from
the filters to the thermostat. From there to the oil cooler and back to the thermostat.
Then through the checkvalve with a 'T' where I tie in the pre-oiler and back to the engine.
Was a piece of cake once I laid it out on paper. I used all stainless -10 hose and AN fittings. It looks a bit 'pasta-like' under the hood but I think I got it right.
|I installed AN fittings and stainless braided hoses for the upper
I used a billet swivel outlet on the intake manifold from CSI.
|Well I finished my dash with dyed Elk skin glued over 1/4"
padding to make a nice
padded dash. I got the padding from a local auto upholsterer. Said he uses it on vinyl
tops. I glued the stuff to the dash with hot glue and then glued the tanned elk skin over the foam.
There is disconnect with a big red switch. I also have a 'T' handle between the seats which controls a main disconnect for the trunk mounted battery. I used standard toggles with the rubber screw on covers. The covers are available at, believe it or not, Home Depot. They are of higher quality than ones I paid 4 bucks for from a racing supply catalog. Note the red 'T' fire actuator.
You can see where I mounted the MSD ignition. Note the line to the diaphragm
for the dash
mounted fuel pressure gauge.
Trunk prop from Enzo at Finish Line. Front prop made from stainless angle and rod.
Installed the rear jacks. I picked them up on the internet and got the
tubing and grommets from..
who else??? Enzo at Finish Line of course!
Finally got my license plates.
Going to use the rod mounted mirror like many English cars. Rod came
from..you guessed it!
Enzo at Finish Line. Mirror came from Bob Ford at Brittek in CT. PS: Did not use the rod mounted mirror after all.
Went with the cowling mount.
Seats are 'Cobra' brand Classics from AutoToyStore. He got them from Sube in CA but he shipped right away and gave me a good price. Carpeting is from American Trim & Upholstery in OK.
was a bitch because the brackets did not work right so new brackets
were made. Grommets and rings are from Enzo at Finish Line.
Drivers side door went on perfect. The passenger one is on but does not
correctly. Need to do some more work to get it right.
So I'm hoping to get it on the road in early June. I have the steering column in from Ididit with boss and Motolita wheel from Enzo. I will be going with the Tilton floor mounted pedals.
12 December Update
Well, a lot has happened since September. I drove
up to A&C and picked up my body. We
blocked it up on the chassis cause I did not want to hang around up in
Buffalo and start cutting out for the side pipes, etc.
The below shots are after I got it off the blocks and on the chassis..
I made the cutouts for the side pipes and the fuel lines and gas tank.
I had to refit the radiator.
Note the quality of the gelcoat!!!
This is exactly how it came to me from the factory.
A & C cut out for the headlights, parking and tail lights.
They also mounted the trunk and hood.
The fiberglass work is superb. It must be half inch thick in some areas.
Very well made.
As you can see, I've been busy.
The front and rear are all wired using a Painless Wiring 18 Circuit kit
purchased from Summit Racing.
Stone guards are from Enzo and Paula at Finish Line.
Fire system is a three nozzle Safecraft purchased
from CV Products.
Next will be finishing the cowling, steering and dash wiring.
I safety wired my spinners to the wheels to look authentic:
I contacted BF Goodrich (Michelin) about their AC Cobra banner
and they gave me this number:
1-800-525-0613. Apparently you can get any of their promotional posters/banners for a "small" fee.
The banners which are 3'x10' are $25. The poster is 7.00.
I just got my banner in the other day and it is really fine. An FIA Cobra in striking steel blue with the quote "Take Control." Hung it up in the garage...the wife was thrilled! Seems like a pretty good deal when I've seen the same banners on ebay selling for $39 and they probably got them from BFG anyway.
Well we finally got the ol 351W lit up and it ran pretty well.
I was using solid copper gaskets and did not put silicone around the water jackets so it leaked. I had to tear down the
engine and replace the gaskets, change the oil and coolant...a real mess. Anyway it is back
runs smooth as silk. When we first fired it up it the noise set off a neighbors house alarm!
I am now waiting on the body to be finished around the end of September and we
will be trailering the chassis up to Buffalo and A & C will mount the body for me.
Above you can see the temporary dash set up. Since the above was taken
I added an electric choke, Accusump pre-oiler and billet remote oil engine plate.
Latest installation is the Griffin NASCAR radiator from Summit Racing.
Next I made a mount for a twin remote oil filter and engine turned it on
drill press. Engine turning kit was from Eastwood. Picked up a six sided catch can from Jegs and
engine turned it. Fan is Perma-Cool High Performance 18" 2500cfm Fan also from Jegs.
I installed the fuel system including a System One inline prefilter and
Holly 'Black' Electric Pump and a
Canton Racing canister filter and Holly Fuel Pressure Regulator up front.
An alternator mount and pulley set from March and a 100amp Powermaster racing alternator.
I ordered the alternator mount directly from March.
The pulleys, alternator, fuel pump and regulator came from Summit Racing.
The Canton Racing (2 Commerce Dr. N. Brandford, CT 06471 Phone: 203-484-4900)
canister fuel filter came from Racer Parts Wholesale .
The fittings, hoses and some other stuff I got locally from
Bruce's Speed Shop in Rockaway, NJ (973) 664-0192
Correct air filter came from PAW.
These are the heads I got from Air
Flow Research and they are really supurb!
The heads are completely CNC ported with 185cc ports and 58cc Chambers.
Heads come complete with guideplates and studs. They are very reasonably priced also.
New Jersey Replicar Club
Next I wrapped the headers using Design Engineering Inc. insulation
and now have them mounted with the sidepipes. Their stainless clips are great and easy to use.
Sidepipes are primed and coated with VHT 1500 Deg. Ceramic
Silicon based paint.
I picked up a set of Harland Sharp roller rockers and but had to measure for the pushrod length first.
I made a pushrod measuring tool by first heating up a pushrod to dis-temper it.
Then I cut it about 2" down and took out a 3/4" piece. I drilled and tapped it
to 1/4 - 28 and put in a threaded rod.
I ordered my pushrods from Smith
Brothers (no not the cough drop people).
They are custom made, hardened, and cheaper than some off the shelf ones.
These two shots are of the passenger side
headers and sidepipes
Headers are coated with VHT 1500 degree ceramic silicone based coating, flat aluminum color, baked in my barbecue at 500+. Sidepipes are still bare but this past weekend we welded on the mountings.
Now I can prime and coat with flat black VHT ceramic.
Installed the driveshaft from
Denny's Driveshafts, in upstate NY.
Installation was a snap and the driveshaft is a work of art. You can contact Denny's at 800 955-1872. He offers 6 basic types of driveshafts: Heavy Duty, Street Plus, Lt Aluminum, Nitrous Ready, Pro Race and HD Aluminum AND a special price for Cobra Replica Driveshafts.
Hydraulic Disk Emergency Brake setup mounted on pinion yoke, by Total Performance of CT.
Rear is narrowed 9" Ford 350 Posi with 11" disks off Ford Explorer.
Also changed all the flexible rubber brake hoses to braided stainless by
Russell (picked up locally.).
In addition, all the brake tubing is now stainless supplied by Inline Tube. They also supplied me with the double flairing tool, bender and all the fittings I needed.
Below is the engine and trans mounted on the chassis with closeups of
Note the CSI high torque starter from Summit Racing.
BG Speed Demon 650 carb from obtained from Holcomb Racing in NC.
Intake manifold the Performer from Edlebrock obtained from Powered by Ford.
Milodon Road Racing Pan from PAW. Centerforce Billet Flywheel and Dual Friction Clutch. Lakewood Housing from RE Racing in CA. Tremec 3550 5 speed from Jim Swaar in PA. Tilton Hydraulic Release Bearing. 351W Engine (short block) from The Engine Factory in NJ, bored 40 over with TRW forged pistons, Edlebrock Performer Plus Cam, Timing Gears and Chain.
Note hydraulic lines from Tilton release bearing.
Left front end showing adjustable coilover shocks, 11" discs and rack & pinion steering. Rolling Chassis provided by Antique and Collectible in NY. Tires: BF Goodrich, Front-245/60 Rear-295/50. 15" Wheels are from PS Engineering, 2665 Skypark Dr. #102, Torrance, CA 90505 310 - 534 - 4477, ask for Phil.
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